Mantras were originally from Hinduism or Buddhism as a word or sound to aid conviction. In meditation, we now know them as a repetitive statement or ‘slogan’. They are powerful and when done well can help drive change.
The subtitle of my first book, Fixing Feedback, is ‘Don’t be a Dick! Be Remarkable’. It’s become one of our mantras at home. If someone in the house is having a ‘moment’ another will say out loud, ‘Don’t be a dick!’ and whoever is around responds with, ‘Be remarkable!’ Even if we eye roll the response, the point is made. It’s not only a fun way to address issues, but it also reminds us of how we want to respond to each other.
And don’t just take my word for it. Motivational guru Tony Robbins has built his personal development business around the power of mantras. For example:
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
When something is said or seen over time, a long-term memory is created, eventually allowing it to perform without conscious effort. This process decreases the need for full attention, which increases efficiency.
Take it a step further and create infographics and pictures of the mantras, learnings and targets. Make it cool, fun, eye catching. Do it around the office, on computers, on t-shirts, caps, hoodies, mugs, tattoo it to your forehead.
Mantras or memes are a powerful way to create the change you want to see. What memes do you have in your team or workplace that you want people to live by?
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